Von Caprivi's strategy appeared to work when, during the outbreak of the Bosnian crisis ofit demanded that Russia step back and demobilize, which it did.
British backing of France during the crisis reinforced the Entente between the two countries and with Russia as wellincreasing Anglo-German estrangement, deepening the divisions that would erupt in It came at the moment when the German government had not yet even declared the State of Impending War".
The historical dialogue on this issue is vast and distorted by substantial biases. Further, in Germany and Russia particularly, the military establishment began to have a greater influence on public policy.
Moreover, they did not believe that Russia, as an absolute monarchy, would support regicides and, more broadly, "the mood across Europe was so anti-Serbian that even Russia would not intervene.
The effects of these crises had been a hardening of attitudes and an increase in distrust between the different European powers. The Schlieffen plan could be blamed for bringing Britain into the war, the scale of the war could be blamed on Russia as the first big country to mobilise, inherent rivalries between imperialism and capitalism could be blamed for polarising the combatants.
Serbia mobilizes its army. The Allied troops checked the German advance and mounted a successful counterattack, driving the Germans back to north of the Aisne River.
The Entente, in contrast to the Triple Alliance or the Franco-Russian Alliance, was not an alliance of mutual defence, and Britain therefore felt free to make her own foreign policy decisions in